Club Soda, Not Seals!
“We have posters, we have buttons, we have shirts, all of which portray the head of a baby seal with tears coming out of its eyes.” –Paul Watson
We’ve all seen the adorable picture of a seal. The fluffy white baby, with the big black eyes. You’d never think to hurt one, right? Well the sad thing is there are a lot of people who would love to get their hands on a baby seal. The white fur and big eyes are the seals trademark in the first two weeks of life. However these gentle creatures are part of the largest slaughter of any marine mammal species on the planet. Commonly known as “whitecoats,” these seal pups are astounding, innocent and beautiful. Their images have been captured and sent all around the world, making them the key image of innocence, and sadly they are part of a “brutal annual massacre in a politically-driven, propaganda-supported slaughter.”
Every year, as soon as the ice conditions permit and the seal pups start shedding their coats, about 2,000-6,000 Canadian fishermen, find their way to the ice floes and club, shoot, and skin hundreds of thousands of harp seals, most who are a few weeks to a few months old. Canada alone intends to kill over 325,000 seals this spring with an additional 10,000 harp seal quota for an aboriginal allowance and during 2003-2005, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) allowed a kill quota of 975,000 baby and adult harp seals and 30,000 adult hood seals.
Seal skin is used in a variety of ways. Aboriginal peoples used it for making waterproof jackets and boots and seal fur to make fur coats. Seal pelts account for most of profits because can go for more than $100. Fashion designers like Donatella Versace use seal pelts in their designs but others like Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren refrain from using any kind of fur.
Seal meat is also a main source of food, and is also sold to places like Taiwan and South Korea. Their blubber is used for oil, which is marketed as a fish oil supplement.
Seal hunting is cruel. To club a baby seal over the head right in front of their mother is barbaric and disturbing. The face of innocence is being destroyed at a rapid rate. Come everybody, “Club soda, not seals.”
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